Interesting. Campbell had indeed been a Referee in the late 30's, however in a game in 1939 Red Horner of the Leafs was struck with a high stick, cut & bleeding, Campbell calling a Minor. This of course outraged Conn Smythe, who insisted Clarence be fired, accommodated, given the pink slip. Campbell for the remainder of his contract given a desk job at league offices, Reffing Sr games etc through 39/40, enrolling in the army summer of 1940. Its a wonder Smythe ever forgave him but I guess so huh? .. After his appt they had plenty of spats, but seemed to support one another, including the campaign to establish & build the HHOF. Campbell actually dealing with & looking after some retired players like Busher Jackson with whom Smythe had "issues" pursuant to their nominations & inductions. Working together to cremate the first attempt at a players association and so forth. Hazard to guess a case of grudgingly mutual respect perhaps. Late 60's Campbell forwarded Smythes name to Ottawa to receive an Order of Canada Medal, Connie there upon being told this decides to write then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to express his thanks for being considered, then proceeds to carve him a new one over his policies on bilingualism.... dont believe the Major ever received his OOC Medal or whatever its called. How not to win friends and alienate people. Guy was an expert at that. Mind ye', I liked him. Trumped up little Martinette of a man but hey, I diggit in some.